– Legislative Agenda 2018

Indiana Urban Schools Association (IUSA)

Our Students . . . Your Future . . . Indiana Urban Schools

IUSA is a consortium of the largest school corporations across the state of Indiana, educating more than 358,000 students. Almost half (46%) receive free or reduced price meals, about 70% are students of color, 33% receive special education services, and nearly 60% are limited-English proficient.*

*Source: IDOE 2017 Compass

Follow are the list of legislative focus areas for IUSA for the 2018 Legislative Session:

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Focus Area Facts Impact Solutions

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Tax Parity for

Supporters

of Public

School

Students

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Donations to a public school foundation are not eligible for a 50% Indiana tax credit like donations to a Scholarship Granting Organization. Public schools & public school foundations are
at a competitive disadvantage to attract donors & engage community leaders.
Level the playing field to allow a 50% Indiana tax credit for donations to a public school foundation.
Unlike parents of voucher students, parents who choose to send their children to public school are not eligible to deduct up to $1,000 per child for educational expenses. Parents of public school students must pay for educational expenses without the benefit of an up to $1,000 tax deduction per child. Level the playing field to allow parents of public school children to deduct up to $1,000 per child for out-of-pocket educational expenses.

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Financial &
Academic
Transparency
for all Schools
Receiving
Public Funds
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Schools receiving voucher students benefit from nearly $100M diverted from public schools. These schools do not have the same requirements for financial & academic reporting as public schools. IUSA districts, having higher concentrations of high-risk students, are disproportionately affected. Resources for instructional programs and services for all students are stressed as a result of vouchers. Promote equitable financial & academic transparency for all schools receiving public funds, and create a line item for Choice Scholarship Program in the State budget.

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Restore the Complexity Index Formula to Adequately Fund Student Needs

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Complexity index revisions reallocated $500M from urban schools with the highest concentration of the most at-risk students. IUSA districts, having higher percentages of high-needs students, receive fewer dollars for essential services & instructional resources to address the needs of these most at-risk students. Restore complexity index funding to levels that more sufficiently support schools with higher concentrations of at-risk students.

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Graduation Pathways & High School Diploma

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Currently Indiana students can earn either a General Diploma, a Core 40 Diploma, Core 40 with Academic Honors or Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma Unintended consequences of changes to Indiana’s graduation requirements & high school diploma may impact educational experiences of at-risk students & negatively impact graduation rates or quality of educational experiences. Ensure changes to Indiana’s graduation requirements acknowledge different needs of a diverse student population & provide resources for high quality school experiences and support all students through graduation.

 

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